The Bruscello Poliziano

The Bruscello poliziano fits into the tradition of popular theatre, especially lively in Tuscany. It is a representation that results from the rituals and the rural culture, which is rooted in the traditions of celebrating the rituals of alternation of the seasons and of collection of the harvest. At farmers, the bruscello took place through a play, performed in ottava rima, with a musical accompaniment based on repetition of simple tunes, such as through an accordion. Popular company dedicated to its representation was moved to the farm in farm, planting a twig (called "bruscello", sapling) and using it as a central element of the scene. The themes were popular character, which is well known by the public, so that the people became both actor and spectator. Like other accompanying rituals of rural life (such as the "may" and "Sega la Vecchia") in connection with local communities the Bruscello campaign and could be linked to rites of begging. From the ancient tradition has evolved the current shape of Bruscello, become a genuine form of folk theater, which will still involve dozens of "bruscellanti" in the territory.  

The characteristics of Bruscello Poliziano

From this ancient ritual form comes the Bruscello Poliziano, which takes place every year in Piazza Grande in the days of August. The current form, from 1939 to today, focused on classical topics of popular theater (the Decameron, Romeo and Juliet, the Divine Comedy, Fioravanti) with themes related to local characters (Porsenna, Ghino di Tacco, Santa Caterina, Santa Mustiola). Compared to classical form, the Bruscello Poliziano brought significant changes: from itinerant theatre stood in the churchyard of the Cathedral, in the splendid setting of Piazza Grande, which can accommodate about two thousand spectators. Instead of the accordion is the orchestra to accompany the singing; and then a park lights from great theater for the night show, the costumes and props made with care, the transition to stage sets. The story and music are then updated in a form best suited to our era. The story is organized in three acts by three scenes each, and at the beginning of each Act the historian sings a traditional air octave. In addition, a storyteller has the task of telling scenes, greeting the audience at the beginning and end. The Bruscello poliziano has therefore taken a new shape around the ancient peasant: no longer show a small cantata, but elementary show total theatrical point of view.

Bruscello 2017: the life of Agnes

The next edition of Bruscello Poliziano will be dedicated to the figure of Agnes, a Saint of particular importance that he performed miracles in Montepulciano and Chianciano Terme. St Agnes, particularly representative of popular religiosity of the territory, has been revered since his death seven hundred years ago. The Bruscello which will take place from 12 to 15 August in the Piazza Grande, in its usual form of popular representation, will retrace the most significant moments in the life of Agnes, staging a glimpse of history between 1200 and 1300 in Montepulciano. Gorgeous on the Parvis of the Cathedral will be soloists and choirs, dance and brindisi between sacred and profane, tracing a colorful picture of the time and bringing it on stage in front of the audience. "Agnes: the Holy Montepulciano" is the title of the performance which will take place in the days of August, and will be the first time that the Bruscello will address this subject. Author's text, while Luciano Garosi author Letizia Tofanini; they will join the artistic director Franco Romani and Director Marco Mosconi. More information on the company's site: www.bruscello.it 

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